Friday Links!From Wally, and this is brilliant madness: The amazing flying machines of Chinese farmers. That would make a great title for a novel, by the way. This is also madness, but of a different sort: Pricey parking spot in Brooklyn on the market for $300,000. This is fantastic: Awesome Lego Garden Railway. This is crazy: How to Clear a Path Through 60 Feet of Snow, Japanese Style. These are just staggering: Some kind of model with incredible detail (seriously, can't categorize it).
From Steven Davis, and this is amazing: Yukino-otani, the huge snow walls of the Tateyama Snow Corridor. This is very, very silly: Weekend Watch: “Stupid Robot Fighting League” Brings Silliness to Combat. This is pretty amazing, and watching someone play the theremin at a high level is mesmerizing: Rimsky-Korsakov - The Flight of the Bumblebee - theremin and piano.
From C. Lee, and this is a clarification of a longstanding belief: The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South. This is depressing: The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beads.
Remember WordStar? Control KD to save? You'll love this: WordStar: A writer’s word processor.
From Ken Piper, and it's just one of many reasons to unreservedly love George Harrison (as I do): How George Harrison Saved Monty Python. On the other end of the spectrum, this is pretty terrifying: NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs described in court filings.
Ending this week, a very serious article about an incredibly disturbing problem in this country. Sorry, it's not a feelgood moment (there are updates at the front, the full article is a bit down from the top): Everything You Think You Know About the Death of Mike Brown Is Wrong, and the Man Who Killed Him Admits It.
Actually, after reading that last article, we could all use something to cheer us up (thanks to Daniel Levine): Drink up the majestic hair on these Minnesota high school hockey players.